Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Twin: a watch for the modern gentleman
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According to Chopard, the perpetual calendar is the ultimate expression of elegance and sophistication for the modern gentleman. Therefore for 2020, the iconic Maison is presenting its celebrated perpetual calendar, the chronometer-certified Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Twin, in two versions: rose gold and stainless steel.
When it first launched in 2016 on the 20th anniversary of Chopard Manufacture, the L.U.C Perpetual Twin was recognised for its combination of Haute Horlogerie and the practicality of an automatic steel wristwatch. Four years later, and it is still chronometer-certified perpetual calendar in stainless steel currently on the market.
This year’s versions of L.U.C Perpetual Twin are presented in stainless steel, with a newly-refined dial in a shade of blue; and, for the first time, in 18-carat rose gold, with a grey dial.
Both dials emphasise tonal contrasts through sun ray satin-brush finishes. A big date acts as the focal point of the layout, with sub-dials for the perpetual calendar day, month and leap year indications, and small seconds at 6 o’clock.
When it comes to the movement, a mechanical automatic calibre L.U.C 96.22-L powers the Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Twin. It is hand-made by Chopard’s watchmakers and has been certified as a chronometer by the experts of Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC) – a rare distinction for perpetual calendar watches, and one that guarantees utmost precision and reliability.
Chopard’s watchmakers also ensured that the timepiece is elegant from calibre outwards; a 22-carat gold micro-rotor sits within the plane of the movement, keeping the entire mechanism to just 6 mm in depth. Chopard Twin Technology, meanwhile, employs dual barrels to deliver an extended power reserve of 65 hours.
Movement construction, product design, gold smelting, case stamping and machining, movement components, traditional hand-crafted decorations, surface treatments, polishing, assembly, movement adjustment and quality control – all operations involved in watch production are performed in-house by Chopard Manufacture.
Case: Stainless steel or 18-carat rose gold Total diameter: 43 mm Thickness: 11.47 mm Water resistance: 30 metres Stainless steel crown or 18-carat rose gold with L.U.C logo: 6.50 mm Vertical satin-brushed case middle Polished bezel Glare-proofed sapphire crystal Exhibition back
Movement: Mechanical movement with automatic winding L.U.C 96.22-L Total diameter: 33 mm Thickness: 6 mm Number of jewels: 29 Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz) Power reserve: 65 hours Two barrels – Chopard Twin Technology Automatic winding by a 22-carat micro-rotor Bridges adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif Flat terminal curve Chronometer-certified (COSC)
Dial and hands: Blue-coloured or ruthenium grey-coloured dial with sunburst satin-brushed motif focused on the big date Perpetual calendar dials (large-aperture date, day of the week, month and leap years) Rhodium-plated or gilded Dauphine-type hour and minute hands Rhodium-plated or gilded baton-type hands small seconds, day and month indications Black-tipped or gilded triangular leap-year hand Facetted rhodium-plated or gilded hour-markers Minute track
Functions and displays: Central display of the hours and minutes Small seconds display at 6 o’clock Big date display at 12 o’clock Day of the week and month displays at 9 and 3 o’clock respectively Offset leap-year display between 2 and 3 o’clock.